Prepared Diets (MRPs)

Updated April 2017!
Now includes analysis of new Pangea Breeder Formula, Black Panther Zoological MELONistic formula, Exo Terra, and Gecko Pro diets! Plus a ratings system with Tiers 1-3 and a Do Not Feed list.

There are currently several choices for feeding crested geckos a commercial powdered diet (meal replacement powders or MRPs) on the market. Two have been used successfully with feeding crested geckos for years. 2013 was the year of new Gecko Diets! There are significant differences between these brands, so we have provided information the crested gecko diets to help you care for your pets. You can choose one primary diet or provide many options in a rotational feeding schedule. With all crested gecko diets, it’s recommended to feed live, gutloaded and dusted bugs for added nutrition and stimulation. These diets are also useful in feeding the rest of the New Caledonian geckos as well as other frugivorous reptiles. Many reptile specialty pet stores carry our recommended brands.

Although there are many new formulas, the only crested gecko foods we recommend as staple diets are Repashy Crested Gecko Diet and Pangea Fruit Mix Complete Gecko Diet. Both have been thoroughly researched and tested on hundreds (even thousands) of animals with great results, leading us to endorse them as the best on the market.

Every gecko seems to be different in what they enjoy eating, so offering a variety of commercial diets along with gutloaded, dusted insects is not a bad idea. There is also a place in the hobby for nutritionally balanced homemade diets, but we don’t recommend them for everyone, especially new enthusiasts. Nutritional deficiencies can crop up among geckos fed even the best foods, so we urge you to get some experience with these animals on a good commercial choice before attempting a home brewed plan.

Although we are strong believers in Repashy and Pangea products, some of the other crested gecko food brands can be used as part of a rotational plan, including Clark’s Diet, Big Fat Gecko Smoothie Mix, All Living Things Crested Gecko Powder (PetSmart brand), and two formulas from Zoo Med. The Black Panther Zoological Gecko Diet is a new experimental diet in beta testing. We’ve included it in the list below, as it is a product to watch and has great potential. We expect even more to be coming on the market.

For ease of reference, we have grouped these products into 3 Tiers:

Tier 1 Diets:

  • Made with quality ingredients that provide the balanced nutrition of a complete diet without additional foods.
  • AND

  • Suitable as a staple diet without insects. Crickets and other feeders optional, but encouraged.
  • AND

  • The numbers of pet owners and breeders using this product for over 5 years indicate that this diet is appropriate for most geckos.

These diets have been around a while and are proven to be successful for most geckos without additional foods. However, most manufacturers and breeders recommend the addition of live food, especially for breeding females and growing juveniles.

Tier 2 Diets:

  • Made with quality ingredients that may provide the balanced nutrition of a complete diet without additional foods.
  • OR

  • Suitable as a staple diet with insects. Crickets and other feeders are necessary to make it complete.
  • OR

  • Suitable as a rotational meal up to twice a month or as a mixer with another diet twice a month.
  • OR

  • The numbers of pet owners and breeders using this product is insufficient to qualify this diet is appropriate for most geckos.

Most of the Tier 2 diets fall into the last category. If they continue to gain popularity and sustain good results, we will reclassify. This must be supported with unbiased, 3rd party, independent sources and not claims that the product is used for thousands of geckos in unknown facilities.

Tier 3 Diets:

  • Made with questionable ingredients that may provide many nutritional elements but are not considered healthy additions (such as added pure sugar or fructose not provided by whole fruits)
  • Suitable as a staple diet only if other diets above are not available or are not eaten AND while feeding a variety of gutloaded and dusted insects. Crickets, roaches, soldier fly larvae, silkworms and other feeders are necessary to make it complete.
  • Suitable as a rotational meal or mixer once a month.
  • Often unpalatable and refused by a large sample size of geckos.
  • OR

  • The numbers of pet owners and breeders using this product is insufficient to qualify this diet is appropriate for most geckos.
  • Tier 3 diets are usually produced by large pet product manufacturers who want to cash in on the growing popularity of crested geckos, other New Caledonian geckos and other reptiles that can eat a packaged food product. However, they typically do provide the right balance of nutrients on paper, and often use “superfoods” to increase the appeal to consumers.

    Do Not Feed:

    • Not suitable as a treat or mixer due to poor ingredients
    • AND

    • Lacks substantial nutrients and there are no benefits to using as a treat or mixer
    • OR

    • The format of the food is practically inedible for crested gecko (such as pellets) or is generally considered unpalatable
    • The format of the food is wasteful and cost prohibitive for a low quality food (ex: food pods)

    These products won’t outright kill an animal but the ingredients are usually not whole fruits and digestible proteins. While plant-based proteins are acceptable, they should be in concentrated isolate or protein form instead of ground whole grains or legumes. They are often marketed as complete even though the Guaranteed Analysis aren’t close to appropriate levels, such as too low in protein or fat, or an imbalance of calcium to other minerals, or insufficient vitamins to process other nutrients.

    Treat or Mixer:

    • Suitable as a treat or mixer with other diets. Crickets and other feeders are necessary to make it complete.

    Most of the above diets can be used as a treat or mixer, but we recommend avoiding the Do Not Feed list. With so many healthy options, you are always better feeding fresh fruit or dusted insects as a treat!

    Crested Gecko Food Chart

    Brand / Food Diet Mixer / Treat Product Notes
    Pangea Fruit Mix Complete Tier 1 Diet All flavors
    Pangea Complete with Insects Tier 1 Diet Insect protein
    Pangea Breeding Formula Tier 1 Diet Insect protein (cricket + BSF)
    Pangea Fruit Mix Tier 1 Treat/Mixer Very palatable
    Repashy CGD Tier 1 Diet
    Repashy CGD Classic Tier 1 Diet
    Repashy CGD Grubs n’ Fruit Tier 1 Diet Insect protein
    Repashy CGD Mango Superblend Tier 1 Diet Insect protein
    Repashy Banana Cream Pie Tier 1 Treat / Mixer
    Black Panther Zoological Tier 2 Diet Use in rotational diet
    BPZ Color Bomb Tier 2 Diet Use in rotational diet
    BPZ MELONistic Tier 2 Diet Use in rotational diet
    Clark’s Diet Tier 2 Diet Use in rotational diet
    Big Fat Gecko Diet Tier 2 Diet Use in rotational diet
    Gorgeous Gecko Gourmet Gecko Food Tier 2 Diet Use in rotational diet
    Gecko Pro Diet N/A Tier 1 Treat / Mixer Label incongruities, use as treat or mixer
    All Living Things Tier 3 Diet Use only if other diets unavailable/refused
    Zoo Med Adult Crested Gecko Diet Tier 3 Diet Use only if other diets unavailable/refused
    Zoo Med Juvenile Crested Gecko Diet Tier 3 Diet Use only if other diets unavailable/refused
    Komodo Crested Gecko Diet Do Not Feed Avoid
    National Geographic Crested Gecko Pellets Do Not Feed Avoid
    Fluker’s Crested Gecko Pellets Do Not Feed Avoid
    Exo Terra Crested Gecko Food Do Not Feed Avoid
    Homemade Fruit Smoothies Tier 1 Treat Do not use as mixer more than 1-2x a month
    Crickets, Roaches, Locusts Tier 1 Treat Dust & gutload if fed more than 1x a week

    Popular Brands History (Commercial Release)

    Below is an approximate timeline based on publicly available data sources.

    Repashy Crested Gecko Diet 2002
    Clark’s Frugivorous Gecko Diet 2005
    Komodo Gecko Diet 2007
    Pangea Fruit Mix 2009
    Pangea Fruit Mix Complete 2012
    Big Fat Gecko Smoothie 2013
    Black Panther Zoological (Regular & Color Bomb) 2013 & 2014
    Gorgeous Gecko Gourmet Diet 2014
    All Living Things 2014
    National Geographic 2014
    ZooMed Crested Gecko Food (Adult & Juvenile formulas) 2014
    Gecko Pro Diet 2015

    Not all of the above diets are recommended.

    See below for nutritional analysis of the popular brands.

    Where to find these Gecko Diets online

    When it comes to price of crested gecko food, be prepared to pay more for the premium ingredients and “all natural” claims. Some crested gecko diets are organic and GMO-free. In general, these diets are suitable for all frugivorous geckos and other reptiles that eat insects, nectar and fruit in the wild: New Caledonian Giant Geckos (formerly grouped as Rhacodactylus and now include Eurodactylodes), gekko, Phelsuma, various Skinks, etc. Just like with dog food, don’t assume that the foods geckos prefer to eat are the healthiest! Do lots of research behind what makes a good, balanced diet for frugivorous geckos, which have a very specialized niche in nature. Because of the high protein (most of animal origin), these commercial diets are not suitable for herbivorous reptiles. (We discuss obligate herbivore diets in our Uromastyx section!)

    For treats, we recommend either fresh fruit blends or the Pangea Fruit Mix, which can be part of a balanced diet if fed with dusted bugs. Stay away from gummy, candy-like treats such as Gecko Bites and Jelly Pots.

    Repashy Crested Gecko Diet (CGD)

    The oldest and most popular is Allen Repashy’s “Superfoods” line of Crested Gecko Diet MRP. It has been in production as a complete diet since 1996. Allen Repashy himself has been integral to bringing crested geckos and other Rhacodactylus species into the reptile hobby, along with Philippe de Vosjoli & Frank Fast (all three are co-authors of the famous “Rhac Bible”).

    T-Rex also distributes an older version of the Repashy CGD (2.0 vs 3.x versions now available) under the name Sandfire Super Foods. This is often sold in pet stores in bottles and is readily accepted by crested geckos and other rhacs. However, many pet store chains are not carrying it due to their suppliers choosing not to offer it.

    In 2013, a new version of Repashy CGD 3.0 saw mixed results in the wider reptile community. The protein was changed from animal-based egg and milk powders to plant-based pea and rice sources. Some geckos seemed to find it unpalatable and show reduced feeding response. Why this is hasn’t been identified – MVR crested geckos are eating it better than the previous formula. The latest version we’ll call v3.xx because the changes have since been minor has also seen a good response with our geckos.

    As of 2017, Repashy has multiple lines of CGD with different flavors, formulas and protein sources. The Mango Superblend includes insect meal, whey isolate and egg as well as plant protein sources, and features mango as the main fruit source, which is palatable to many geckos. As a treat, you can also find their Banana Cream Pie as a meal mix in for variety or transitioning to new diets.

    Repashy CGD ingredients (v3.xx):
    Dried Banana, Dried Date, Pea Protein, Rice Protein, Dried Fig, Stabilized Rice Bran, Coconut Meal, Ground Flaxseed, Dried Mango, Cane Molasses, Lecithin, Dried Kelp, Algae Meal, Calcium Carbonate, Dicalcium Phosphate, Taurine, Dried Watermelon, RoseHips, Hibiscus Flower, Calendula Flower, Marigold Flower, Paprika, Turmeric, Potassium Citrate, Salt, Calcium Propionate and Potassium Sorbate (as preservatives), Magnesium Amino Acid Chelate, Zinc Methionine Hydroxy Analogue Chelate, Manganese Methionine HydroxyAnalogue Chelate, Copper Methionine Hydroxy Analogue Chelate, Selenium Yeast. Vitamins: (Vitamin A Supplement, Vitamin D3 Supplement, Calcium L-Ascorbyl-2-Monophosphate, Vitamin E Supplement, Niacin, Beta Carotene, Pantothenic Acid, Riboflavin, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride, Thiamine Mononitrate, Folic Acid, Biotin, Vitamin B-12 Supplement, Menadione Sodium Bisulfite Complex).

    Guaranteed Analysis
    Crude Protein min. 25%, Crude Fat min. 7%, Crude Fiber max. 8%, Moisture max. 8%, Ash max. 8%, Calcium min. 1.2%

    The Repashy Day Gecko Diet now uses the updated 3.xx ingredients.

    The older version (a reformulated 2.xx) is now available in the CGD Classic MRP.

    Repashy “Classic” Gecko Diet Ingredients:
    Dried Banana, Whey Protein Isolate, Dried Date, Dried Fig, Dried Honey, Dried Egg, Coconut Meal, Cane Molasses, Lecithin, Dried Kelp, Algae Meal, Dicalcium Phosphate, Calcium Carbonate, Taurine, Dried Watermelon, Bee Pollen, RoseHips, Hibiscus Flower, Calendula Flower, Marigold Flower, Paprika, Turmeric, Potassium Citrate, Salt, Calcium Propionate and Potassium Sorbate (as preservatives), Natural Flavors, Magnesium Amino Acid Chelate, Zinc Methionine Hydroxy Analogue Chelate, Manganese Methionine Hydroxy Analogue Chelate, Copper Methionine Hydroxy Analogue Chelate, Selenium Yeast, Choline Chloride. Vitamins: (Vitamin A Supplement, Vitamin D3 Supplement, Calcium L-Ascorbyl-2-Monophosphate, Vitamin E Supplement, Niacin, Beta Carotene, Pantothenic Acid, Riboflavin, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride, Thiamine Mononitrate, Folic Acid, Biotin, Vitamin B-12 Supplement, Menadione Sodium Bisulfite Complex).

    Guaranteed Analysis:
    Crude Protein min. 20%, Crude Fat min. 4.5%, Crude Fiber max. 6%, Moisture max. 8%, Ash max. 8%, Calcium min. 1.2%.

    Repashy “Grubs’n’Fruit” Gecko Diet Ingredients:
    Insect Meal*, Dried Banana, Dried Date, Dried Mango, Dried Watermelon, Dried Fig, Coconut Meal, Pea Protein, Rice Protein, Dried Papaya, Dried Pineapple, Dried Blueberry, Stabilized Rice Bran, Ground Flaxseed, Cane Molasses, Lecithin, Dried Kelp, Algae Meal, Calcium Carbonate, Dicalcium Phosphate, Taurine, Betaine, RoseHips, Hibiscus Flower, Calendula Flower, Marigold Flower, Paprika, Turmeric, Potassium Citrate, Salt, Calcium Propionate and Potassium Sorbate (as preservatives), Magnesium Amino Acid Chelate, Zinc Methionine Hydroxy Analogue Chelate, Manganese Methionine Hydroxy Analogue Chelate, Copper Methionine Hydroxy Analogue Chelate, Selenium Yeast, Choline Chloride. Vitamins: (Vitamin A Supplement, Vitamin D3 Supplement, Calcium L-Ascorbyl-2-Monophosphate, Vitamin E Supplement, Niacin, Beta Carotene, Pantothenic Acid, Riboflavin, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride, Thiamine Mononitrate, Menadione Sodium Bisulfite Complex, Folic Acid, Biotin, Vitamin B-12 Supplement).

    *The insect meal in Grubs ‘n’ Fruit is from cold-pressed black soldier fly larvae (Hermetia illucens), commonly sold as calci-worms or Phoenix worms.

    Guaranteed Analysis:
    Guaranteed Analysis: Crude Protein min. 24%, Crude Fat min. 7%, Crude Fiber max. 8%, Moisture max. 8%, Ash max. 8%, Calcium min. 1.4%.

    Repashy “Mango Superblend” Gecko Diet Ingredients:
    Dried Mango, Dried Banana, Whey Protein Isolate, Dried Honey, Insect Meal, Dried Date, Whole Dried Egg, Rice Protein, Pea Protein, Dried Fig, Stabilized Rice Bran, Coconut Meal, Ground Flaxseed, Cane Molasses, Lecithin, Dried Kelp, Algae Meal, Calcium Carbonate, Dicalcium Phosphate, Taurine, Dried Watermelon, RoseHips, Hibiscus Flower, Calendula Flower, Marigold Flower, Paprika, Turmeric, Citric Acid, Salt, Calcium Propionate and Potassium Sorbate (as preservatives), Magnesium Amino Acid Chelate, Zinc Methionine Hydroxy Analogue Chelate, Manganese Methionine HydroxyAnalogue Chelate, Copper Methionine Hydroxy Analogue Chelate, Selenium Yeast. Vitamins: (Vitamin A Supplement, Vitamin D3 Supplement, Calcium L-Ascorbyl-2-Monophosphate, Vitamin E Supplement, Niacin, Beta Carotene, Pantothenic Acid, Riboflavin, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride, Thiamine Mononitrate, Folic Acid, Biotin, Vitamin B-12 Supplement, Menadione Sodium Bisulfite Complex).

    Guaranteed Analysis:
    Crude Protein min. 20%, Crude Fat min. 5%, Crude Fiber max. 10%, Moisture max. 8%, Ash max. 8%, Calcium min. 1.3%.

    Pangea Fruit Mix Complete Gecko Diet (PFM Complete)

    The Pangea Fruit Mix Complete formula is a modified version of the original Pangea Fruit Mix, which has been around for several years as a calcium & vitamin D3 enriched fruit treat. The Original Fruit Mix can serve as the fruit part of an insect-based diet or added as a neutral rotational item. Because it has added calcium & D3, if used properly it is not going to induce calcium deficiency which contributes to Metabolic Bone Disease (MBD).

    The protein sources in PFM Complete are whey protein and dried egg white. Biotin is added to avoid deficiency. The main fruits are watermelon, mango, banana & apple. PFMC is a complete gecko food powder you mix with water for a slightly runny paste.

    PFMC is now available in three flavors: Watermelon & Mango, Banana & Papaya, and Banana & Apricot. Our geckos love the Watermelon! Others have reported that Banana Apricot PFM (which is a slightly different formula, see below) is their geckos’ favorite.

    Pangea Complete Diet Ingredients (Watermelon & Mango):
    Dried Watermelon, Whey Protein Isolate, Dried Mango, Dried Banana, Dried Apple, Dried Egg White, Lecithin, Dried Coconut Milk, Precipitated Calcium Carbonate, Microcrystalline Hydroxyapatite, Bee Pollen, Spirulina, Apple Pectin, Direct Fed Microbials (Dried Aspergilus niger, Aspergillus oryzae, Bacillus subtilis, Bifidobacterium bifidum, Enterococcus faecium, Lactobacillus acidophilus Fermentation Products), Mixed Tocopherols, Potassium Sorbate, Beet Juice Powder, Choline Chloride, Ferrous Sulfate, Beta Carotene, Inositol, Niacin, Kelp Meal, Ascorbic Acid, Cholecalciferol, Potassium Chloride, Riboflavin,Thiamine Mononitrate, Vitamin A, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride, Biotin, Folic Acid, Sulfur, Zinc Oxide, Vitamin B12.

    Guaranteed Analysis:
    Crude Protein Min 21%, Crude Fat Min 3.5%, Crude Fiber Max 8%, Moisture Max 6% Calcium Min 1.2%, Phosphorus Min .5%

    The Banana & Papaya flavor is very similar to the Watermelon & Mango, with fruit changes being the obvious primary tweaks.

    Pangea Complete Diet Ingredients (Banana & Apricot):
    Dried Banana, Dried Apricot, Micellar Casein, Whole Dried Egg, Whey Protein Isolate, Di-Calcium Phosphate, Calcium Carbonate, Lecithin, Dried Carrot, Carrageenan, Beta Glucan, Bee Pollen, Direct Fed Microbials (Dried Aspergilus niger, Aspergillus oryzae, Bacillus subtilis, Bifidobacterium bifidum, Enterococcus faecium, Fermentation Products), Mixed Tocopherols ,Choline Bitartrate, Ferrous Sulfate, Beta Carotene, Potassium Chloride, Inositol, Niacin, Kelp Meal, Ascorbic Acid, Cholecalciferol, Sodium Chloride, Riboflavin, Thiamine Mononitrate, Vitamin A, Biotin, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride, Folic Acid, Potassium Sorbate, Sulfur, Zinc Oxide, Vitamin B12.

    Guaranteed Analysis:
    Crude Protein Min 23%, Crude Fat Min 5.5%, Crude Fiber Max 8%, Moisture Max 8%

    The Banana Apricot PFM version is a higher-fat, higher protein formula than the other two flavors. Intended to boost growth and reproduction for non-insect eaters.

    Pangea Fruit Mix With Insects

    Ingredients: Dried Banana, Micellar Casein, Dried Apricot, Insect Meal, Rice Bran, Dried Coconut, Dried Papaya, Whey Protein Isolate, Di-Calcium Phosphate, Calcium Carbonate, Lecithin, Natural Guava Flavor, Dried Aspergillus niger fermentation extract, Dried Aspergillus oryzae fermentation extract, Dried Bacillus subtilius fermentation extract, Dried Bifidobacterium fermentation extract, Dried Enterococcus faecium fermentation extract, Mixed Tocopherols, Choline Bitartrate, Ferrous Sulfate, Beta Carotene, Potassium Chloride, Inositol, Niacin, Kelp Meal,Ascorbic Acid, Cholecalciferol, Sodium Chloride, Riboflavin, Thiamine Mononitrate, Vitamin A, Biotin, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride, Folic Acid, Potassium Sorbate, Sulfur, Zinc Oxide, Vitamin B12.

    Guaranteed Analysis:
    Crude Protein Min 22%, Crude Fat Min 4.2%, Crude Fiber Max 8%, Moisture Max 8%

    Pangea Gecko Diet Breeding Formula NEW!

    This food features two types of insect protein: black soldier fly (BSF) larvae and crickets. The fruit base is the popular Banana & Apricot. Please note that this has a higher fat and the maximum safe level of calcium (around 2-4%), as it is intended for breeder females. However, the it is labeled safe for all life stages.
    Ingredients: Dried Banana, Dried Apricot, Insect meal, Whey Protein Isolate, Micellar Casein, Tricalcium Phosphate, Vegetable Oil, Ground Flaxseed, Xanthan Gum, Calcium Carbonate, Algae Meal, Sodium Chloride, Natural Guava Flavor, Mixed Tocopherols, Choline Chloride, Ferrous Fumarate, Potassium Sorbate, Beta Carotene, Inositol, Niacin, Kelp Meal, Ascorbic Acid, Cholecalciferol (D3), Potassium Chloride, Riboflavin, Thiamine Mononitrate, Vitamin A, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride, Biotin, Folic Acid, Sulfur, Zinc Oxide, Vitamin B12.
    Guaranteed Analysis: Crude Protein Min 21%, Crude Fat Min 5.7%, Crude Fiber Max 8%, Moisture Max 9%,
    Ash Max 8%

    Clark’s Diet

    The second option available for feeding a complete diet is Clark’s Frugivorous Gecko Diet, which tends to be very popular in Canada. It provides an appropriate level of nutrition and is very palatable to all rhacs. It has been reformulated over the past few years to be a complete diet, and now comes in additional flavors (US only for now). There are some inconsistencies in the label, and does not list a source of biotin, which is needed when egg whites (avidin specifically) are used in large amounts. Egg yolk contains biotin, but the label is unclear as avidin is only egg white.

    Another possible concern is the excessive amount of calcium to phosphorus. The ideal Ca:P ratio is ~2:1; it is unlikely that more than this is any better, as excess calcium can hinder the absorption of other nutrients.

    Clark’s Diet Ingredients (US) Complete Formula:
    PASTEURIZED EGG WHITE (AVIDIN DENATURED BY PASTEURIZATION), PASTEURIZED EGG YOLK (AVIDIN DENATURED BY PASTEURIZATION), AIR DRIED FIG POWDER, AIR DRIED APRICOT POWDER (AIR DRYING RETAINS ALL NUTRITION), BEE POLLEN (AUSTRALIAN, JARRAH TREE), RICE FLOUR, BANANA FLAKES, VACUUM DRIED RAWHONEY (RETAINS ALL ANTIBIOTIC / NUTRITION / PRESERVATIVE QUALITIES) MINER-ALL, SPIRULINA / CHLORELLA(100% PURE, BROKEN CELL WALL FOR EFFICIENT ABSORPTION OF NUTRIENTS, VITAMIN D (400 iu per pound), PROBIOTICS

    Guaranteed Analysis: Complete Formula
    Test performed by Auburn University Feed Analysis Labortory
    Moisture 4.63%, Dry Matter 95.37%, Crude Protein 20.00%, Digestible Protein 15.10%, Fiber 4.00%, Crude Fiber 4.25%, Total Digestible Nutrients 74.05%, Metabolizable Energy 2.85Mc/kg, Calcium 1.97% Phosphorous 0.34%, Calcium / Phosphorous Ratio 5.79

    Big Fat Gecko Diet

    One of the newer commercial diets on the market was developed by Vicki Casella of Big Fat Gecko. This is another powdered “smoothie” mix and boasts 100% natural and non-GMO ingredients. BFG has been feeding this formula to crested geckos (and redfoot tortoises) for years. The protein sources are hemp nut, pea protein & rice protein. The use of oystershell and bone meal as calcium sources is concerning, as these specific sources have sometimes been found to be contaminated with lead.

    BFG Diet Ingredients
    Hemp Nut Protein, Yellow Pea Protein Isolate, Sprouted Brown Rice Protein, New Zealand Whey Protein, Fruit Mix (Figs, Peaches, Pears, Dates, Apricots, Organic Bananas, Rose Hips, Mulberries, Organic Lucuma Fruit, Acerola Cherries, Blueberries, Sea Buckthorn, Dried Honey, Organic Dried Cane Juice, Tapioca), Bee Pollen, Tomato Powder, Sweet Potatoes, Organic Moringa Leaf, Organic Coconut Flour, Nutritional Yeast, Carrots, Mushroom Blend, Quinoa Flour, Parsley, Rosemary, Turmeric, Paprika, Algae Mix (Organic Kelp, Red Marine Algae, Dulse, Spirulina, Organic Cracked Cell Chlorella, Irish Moss) Calcium & Mineral Mix: Calcium citrate, Calcium Carbonate, (From plants, marine algae and figs), Limestone, Oyster shell, Coral and Bone Meal, Vitamin K and D3.
    Note: Label may have changed recently, please check with the BFG website for most up-to-date labeling and analysis. BFG mix no longer uses MINER-ALL as its primary calcium & mineral supplement.

    Analysis
    26% protein, 7% fat, 8% dietary fiber

    All Living Things Crested Gecko Powder

    PetSmart has a new product line which includes a formula very much like the previous Repashy formulas. For those whose geckos refuse Repashy CGD 3.x, this may be a good product for you.

    All Living Things Ingredients:
    Eggs (whole dried), Honey Powder, Banana Powder, Fig Powder, Mango Powder, Dextrose, Modified Food Starch, Soy Protein, Isolate, Flaxseed Meal, Calcium Carbonate, Vegetable Oil, Brewers Dried Yeast, Dicalcium Phosphate , Dried Kelp, Sodium Chloride, Dl-Methionine, Choline Chloride, Lecithin, Mixed Tocopherols, Silicon Dioxide, Rosemary Extract, Citric Acid, Potassium Chloride, Magnesium Sulfate, Iron Sulfate, Zinc Sulfate, Magnesium Oxide, Beta Carotene, Vitamin E Supplement, Niacin, Copper Sulfate, Menadione, Sodium Bisfulfate Complex, Vitamin A Supplement, Riboflavin Supplement, Sodium Selenite, Vitamin D3 Supplement, Vitamin B12 Supplement, Biotin Supplement, Folic Acid

    Guaranteed Analysis:
    Crude Protein (not less than) 21.0%
    Crude Fat (not less than) 13.0%
    Crude Fiber (not more than) 7.5%
    Moisture (not more than) 8.0%
    Calcium (not more than) 1.6%
    Phosphorus (not less than) 0.35%
    Vitamin A (not less than) 4300 IU/kg
    Vitamin D3 (not less than) 1200 IU/kg

    New Zoo Med Formulas

    Even the big names in the reptile industry are coming out with more acceptable crested gecko foods. Not to be confused with the Zoo Med Day Gecko Food, which is just powdered sugars and some vitamins.

    Zoo Med Adult Crested Gecko Diet Ingredients
    Stabilized Rice Bran, Potato Protein, Insect Meal, Dried Fig, Fructose, Dried Beet, Dried Banana, Pea Fiber, Dried Papaya, Dried Hibiscus Flower, Dried Honey, Bee Pollen, Paprika, Natural Fruit Flavors, Dicalcium Phosphate, Precipitated Calcium Carbonate, Tagetes (Aztec Marigold) Extract Color, Direct-Fed Microorganisms (Dried Lactobacillus acidophilus, Lactobacillus casei, Bifidobacterium bifidum, Enterococcus faecium, and Aspergillus oryzae Fermentation Products), Guar Gum, Preserved with Mixed Tocopherols, Rosemary Extract, Maltodextrins, Salt, Potassium Chloride, Choline Bitartrate, Manganous Oxide, L-Leucine, Manganese Sulfate, Ascorbic Acid, L-Arginine, L-Lysine Monohydrochloride, a-Tocopherol Acetate, L-Valine, L-Isoleucine, L-Threonine, L-Glutamine, L-Alanine, L-Glutamic Acid, d-Calcium Pantothenate, L-Phenylalanine, Dried Kelp, L-Tyrosine, Lecithin, Ferrous Fumarate, L-Cystine, L-Histidine, Glycine, DL-Methionine, L-Serine, L-Aspartic Acid, Niacin, Copper Sulfate, Zinc Oxide, Vitamin A Acetate, Riboflavin, Cholecalciferol (Source of Vitamin D3), Thiamine Hydrochloride, Folic Acid, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride, Menadione Sodium Bisulfite Complex, Biotin, Vitamin B12 Supplement.

    Guaranteed Analysis
    Crude Protein (Min) 20.0%
    Crude Fat (Min) 5.0%
    Crude Fiber (Max) 4.0%
    Moisture (Max) 9.0%
    Calcium (Min) 1.4%
    Calcium (Max) 1.8%
    Phosphorus (Min) 0.7%

    Zoo Med Juvenile Crested Gecko Diet Ingredients
    Potato Protein, Stabilized Rice Bran, Insect Meal, Dried Fig, Fructose, Dried Beet, Dried Banana, Pea Fiber, Dried Papaya, Dried Hibiscus Flower, Dried Honey, Bee Pollen, Paprika, Natural Fruit Flavors, Dicalcium Phosphate, Precipitated Calcium Carbonate, Tagetes (Aztec Marigold) Extract Color, Direct-Fed Microorganisms (Dried Lactobacillus acidophilus, Lactobacillus casei, Bifidobacterium bifidum, Enterococcus faecium, and Aspergillus oryzae Fermentation Products), Guar Gum, Preserved with Mixed Tocopherols, Rosemary Extract, Maltodextrins, Salt, Potassium Chloride, Choline Bitartrate, Manganous Oxide, L-Leucine, Manganese Sulfate, Ascorbic Acid, L-Arginine, L-Lysine Monohydrochloride, a-Tocopherol Acetate, L-Valine, L-Isoleucine, L-Threonine, L-Glutamine, L-Alanine, L-Glutamic Acid, d-Calcium Pantothenate, L-Phenylalanine, Dried Kelp, L-Tyrosine, Lecithin, Ferrous Fumarate, L-Cystine, L-Histidine, Glycine, DL-Methionine, L-Serine, L-Aspartic Acid, Niacin, Copper Sulfate, Zinc Oxide, Vitamin A Acetate, Riboflavin, Cholecalciferol (Source of Vitamin D3), Thiamine Hydrochloride, Folic Acid, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride, Menadione Sodium Bisulfite Complex, Biotin, Vitamin B12 Supplement.

    Guaranteed Analysis
    Crude Protein (Min) 27.0%
    Crude Fat (Min) 7.0%
    Crude Fiber (Max) 5.0%
    Moisture (Max) 9.0%
    Calcium (Min) 1.4%
    Calcium (Max) 1.8%
    Phosphorus (Min) 0.7%

    Black Panther Zoological Gecko Diet

    The BPZ diet is revolutionary as it uses insect protein powder as the only source of protein. The ingredients are based on dehydrated whole foods.

    BPZ Color Bomb is the same formula but with added natural color enhancers from turmeric, beet root and paprika. BPZ MELONistic is a play on the word “melanistic” which means darkly colored from the pigment melanin. MELONistic contains an increased amount of spirulina, which contains naturally high levels of tyrosine, an amino acid responsible for regulating melanin, among other functions. These are non-harmful additives and they may be beneficial to health as well as color-enhancing!

    Updated: the newest versions of the BPZ diet include added vitamins or minerals, except for Vitamin D3 which is available on request (1,500IU/kg D3). You may want to rely on weekly dusted bugs for D3 and trace minerals, or provide UVB lighting. The latest label does not list menadione (formerly misspelled as mandione sodium bisulfite complex), so presumably menadione has been removed from the current formula.

    BPZ Gecko Diet Ingredients:
    Insect protein powder, brown rice flour, dried honey powder, mango, calcium citrate, banana, xanthan gum, atlantic kelp powder, guava, spirulina algae, carrot, choline citrate, dried hibiscus flower, niacin, vitamin e, papaya, beet root, inositol, pantothenic acid, potassium sorbate, riboflavin, beta carotene, thiamine mononitrate, pyridoxine hydrochloride, folic acid, biotin, cholecalciferol (d3)* vitamin b12

    BPZ Color Bomb:
    Insect protein powder, brown rice flour, dried honey powder, calcium citrate, strawberry powder, apple pectin, banana powder, xanthan gum, atlantic kelp powder, beet root, choline citrate, dried hibiscus flower, niacin, vitamin e, carrot, paprika, inositol, pantothenic acid, potassium sorbate, riboflavin, beta carotene, thiamine mononitrate, pyridoxine hydrochloride, folic acid, biotin, cholecalciferol (d3)*, vitamin b12

    BPZ MELONistic ingredients:
    Insect protein powder, brown rice flour, honey powder, cantaloupe, calcium citrate, apple pectin, beet root, carrot, dried hibiscus flower, spirulina, xanthan gum, atlantic kelp powder, vitamin e, choline citrate, niacin, inositol, panthothenic acid, potassium sorbate, riboflavin, beta carotene, thiamine mononitrate, pyroxidine hydrochloride, folic acid, biotin, cholecalciferol (d3)*, vitamin b12.

    * BPZ adds 1,500IU/kg D3 on request

    OLD label:
    Insect protein powder, dried honey powder, brown rice flour, mango, banana, calcium carbonate, calcium citrate, xanthan gum, guava, spirulina algae, carrot, dried hibiscus flower, papaya, beet root, potassium sorbate, glutamic acid, aspartic acid, leucine, valine, serine, lysine, alanine, phenylalanine, arginine, isoleucine, threonine, tyrosine, methionine, proline, glycine, cysteine, histidine, suncured alfalfa, dried kelp, dicalcium phosphate, choline chloride, ferrous sulfate, dl-alpha, topheryl acetate, carotene, inositol, niacin, ascorbic acid, potassium chloride, riboflavin supplement, thiamine mononitrate, pyridoxine hydrochloride, mangnous oxide, sulfur, zinc oxide, vitamin b12 supplement, copper oxide, d-calcium pantothenate, magnesium oxide, mandione sodium bisulfite complex, biotin, folic acid

    Guaranteed Analysis:
    Protein: 28.0%
    Fat: 14.6%
    Fiber: 3.5%
    Calcium: 2.0%
    Phosphorus: 0.4%

    It is worth noting that this is a relatively high amount of calcium, so care should be taken when adding any further supplements.
    Also, the label lists mandione, instead of the usual menadione sodium bisulfite complex. Nothing by that name could be found, so it is assumed to be a misspelling.

    Beta Version BPZ Gecko Diet Ingredients:
    Insect protein powder, dried honey powder, brown rice flour, mango, banana, calcium carbonate, xanthan gum, guava, spirulina algae, carrot, dried hibiscus flower, papaya, beet root.

    As this product is still in beta testing, there are only approximate analysis available on its nutritional breakdown.

    Beta Version Estimated analysis, pending
    Protein: 28%
    Fat: 14%
    Fiber: 4%
    Calcium: >1%
    Phosphorus: pending ( <0.5%) Vitamin A: pending

    Gorgeous Gecko Gourmet Gecko Food

    This is the newest formula on the market in 2014. It was created in collaboration with Repashy Superfoods and is mixed at their facility, packaged separately at Gorgeous Gecko’s own location. Like many other brands, there is a satisfaction guarantee on this diet.

    Ingredients: Dried Banana, Coconut Powder, Egg White Powder, Rice Protein Concentrate, Blueberry Powder, Apple Powder, Date Powder, Honey Powder, Stabilized Flax Meal, Whole Egg Powder, Watermelon Powder, Pineapple Powder, Shrimp Meal, Calendula Flower, Marigold Flower, Hibiscus Flower, Rose Petals, Rose Hips, Spirulina Algae, Paprika, Turmeric, PhaffiaYeast, Natural Flavors, Dicalcium Phosphate, Calcium Carbonate, Biotin, Potassium Citrate, Sodium Chloride,Vitamin A (Retinol) Supplement, Vitamin D3 Supplement, Calcium L-ascorbyl-2-Monophosphate, Vitamin E Supplement, Niacin, Beta Carotene, Pantothenic Acid, Riboflavin, Pyridoxine, Folic Acid, Hydrochloride, Thiamine Mononitrate, Menadione Sodium Bisulfate Complex, Vitamin B12

    Guaranteed Analysis:
    Crude Protein Min. 28%
    Crude Fat Min. 7%
    Crude Fiber Max. 6%
    Moisture Max. 7%
    Ash Max. 7%
    Calcium Min. 1.7%
    Phosphorus Max. .6%
    Vitamin D3 Min. 1600 IU/Kg

    Gecko Pro Gecko Diet

    Gecko Pro is a new brand on the market, developed in 2014 but rolled out to a larger market in 2015. In 2016, an independent analysis of the diets, funded by Alpha Geckos, revealed alarmingly low levels of protein and fat. In response, Gecko Pro defended their diet and promised a revised Guaranteed Analysis. The results came in at Protein 13.4% and Fat 4.78%, under their labeled GA. Only the results for the New Caledonian flavor were posted. They have since updated their product pages to note that they “do not use protein excessively” in their food. They also state that there could be more protein, but it’s difficult to test because of all the fruit. In our opinion, with no formal nutritional training, is that is unlikely. The Kjeldahl method tests for nitrogen and not true protein, as noted by the use of the conversion factor 6.25 which is standard in the food industry, and represents about 16% non-protein nitrogen (NPN) content. While different foods contain different percentages, it rarely skews more than 1% in either direction, so the addition of fruit using a standard Kjeldahl method should be pretty accurate. There are some amino acids which have a lower recovery rate, such as lysine, tryptophan and histidine, which are present in low amounts in fruit. The industry standard averages the overall recovery to be 98%, so it is very unlikely to have a significant effect.

    We contacted Gecko Pro directly with questions regarding their product in September 2015, but with very limited details given, only that they based their Guaranteed Analysis on what “our [Gecko Pro’s] competition has”. Further inquiry went unanswered. With the available data, MVR does not currently consider Gecko Pro a complete diet, but the ingredients indicate it could work with a rotation of Pangea, Repashy, BPZ and other brands. As a treat, the ingredients as labeled appear high quality.

    Flavors: Mellow Melon / Sweet Fig / New Caledonia Blend
    Ingredients:Organic dried watermelon, organic dried banana, Ultra whey protein isolate, hemp protein, bee pollen, dried berry, rice bran, coconut milk powder, calcium carbonate, organic spirulina, papaya powder
    Nutritional Analysis
    Crude Protein Min 18% 13.4%
    Crude Fat Min 6.3% 4.78%
    Crude Fiber Max 8% (unverified)
    Moisture max 6%
    Calcium Min 1%

    Feeding Instructions

    All the above crested gecko prepared diets come in powdered form and are easily mixed with water to the desired consistency. Be sure to follow the directions on  the package! Once mixed, they can last up to a week in the fridge or if you have a small number of geckos you can freeze in an ice-cube tray and thaw before offering to your crested gecko.

    MRPs are formulated for “baby” geckos (hatchlings, juveniles) as well as adults. Your crested gecko feeding schedule should be to offer new food every other night, leaving the MRP in the enclosure as many geckos prefer it to be “aged” – they eat mushy, fermented fruit in the wild.

    While you can mix the brands together, you may want to instead opt for rotating to a new brand every few months. The reasoning behind this is that you don’t over or under supplement your geckos. Pet foods are typically designed to provide the balance of nutrients over time with very specific portion sizes; most gecko foods haven’t been researched to that level. However, if you combine two foods that tend to have high amounts of vitamin D3 or A you can risk overdose. But mixing does allow for you to compensate for anything lacking in the other diet. So while we don’t advise it, we don’t have any evidence in geckos showing it as harmful. It’s unknown territory for everybody! So if you are trying out a rotational diet for your geckos, try to get familiar with the ingredients so you aren’t moving to ones that are very similar in protein source or supplementation.

    You can offer dusted, gutloaded crickets and other insects with all of the Frugivorous Gecko Diets, especially the newer ones that don’t have a long track record.

    Which Crested Gecko Diet is Best?

    Moon Valley Reptiles prefers to use a rotation of Repashy and Pangea formulas. We use Repashy CGD or Day Gecko Diet for three feedings, then use Pangea Watermelon. This allows for a good variety of flavors while balancing plant and animal sources of protein. Please read our article on What to Look for in a crested gecko diet.

    Repashy’s Crested Gecko Diet is readily available, has a solid, established reputation, offers a number of different flavors and our geckos love it! In addition, it includes pigments (carotenoids) for color enhancement and micro-nutrients. We have found that Repashy CGD best fits our criteria for gecko food. Pangea formulas show a good track record as well for the past 2 years.

    However, other experienced breeders swear by Clark’s Diet and have fed and bred hundreds of healthy geckos with this diet. The new diets from Gorgeous Gecko and Big Fat Geckos are also very promising. Others include Black Panther Zoological as part of their rotation to boost the insect-based protein. Repashy also offers a Grubs ‘n’ Fruit version of CGD. The new PetSmart All Living Things diet is conveniently available nationally, as are the two new diets from Zoo Med – also insect based. As always, your mileage may vary!

    Other Commercial Foods

    With the rise in rhac popularity, a couple of other pet product manufacturers have decided to create “special” diets for crested geckos. However, these are usually the same formulas used for other reptiles and are not tailored to the unique nature of frugivorous geckos.

    Melissa Kaplan of Anapsid.org has written an excellent article on commercial reptile food, and it’s definitely worth reading to understand why these other commercial diets are not right for your geckos. Repashy CGD and Clark’s Frugivorous Gecko Diet were formulated by rhac hobbyists to replicate their dietary needs in captivity, not to make money on the latest pet trends.

    Komodo Crested Gecko Diet

    Komodo Diet is becoming more prominent in the UK as a replacement for the T-Rex version of Repashy CGD. The manufacturer/distributer is Underworld, which used to have rights to the T-Rex version of Repashy CGD. One issue many people report in online reviews is that it is not palatable and needs to be mixed with fruit or honey. From the ingredients, it seems more of a supplement and not a diet – as the main component of the crested diet should be fruit. This has fruit flavor, making it a cheaper alternative to Repashy CGD.

    Ingredients list:
    Vitamin A, C, D3 and E, spirulina,kelp, pure marigold, fruit flavour, probiotic bacteria, yucca extract, natural antioxidants, phosphourus, fine grade calcium carbonate, cranberry & carrot powder, rosehip, yeast, micronized wheat, biofac, dextrose, calcium caseinate, alfalfa meal, wheat flour.

    Guaranteed Analysis:
    Protein 21.5%, Oils & Fats 2%, Fiber 5%, Ash 7.5%, Calcium (ca) 2.4%, Phosphorus (P) 1%, Vitamin A 17000iu/kg, Vitamin D3 3500iu/kg, Vitamin E 175mg/kg

    Crested Gecko Pellet Foods

    Many manufacturers are taking their recipes for tortoise and iguana pellets and rehashing them for crested geckos with no changes. The problem here is that tortoises and iguanas eat roughage – fibrous plant matter – in the wild. They have unique flora in their gut to help break this down. Pellet foods are based on grains like ground corn and wheat flour, with additional oils to bind them together. Bearded dragon pellets are similar, with added meat meals and fats. Crested geckos do not have the grinding teeth or digestive systems to handle pelleted foods. Stay away from Fluker’s pellets and the National Geographic Gecko Entree as sole diets.

    Where to Buy Crested Gecko Diets

    Repashy CGD, BFGD, PFM, BPZ, GGGGF and Clark’s Diet are available for purchase online and in person with select vendors at reptile shows. Repashy CGD was also distributed by T-Rex and may be available in local pet stores. However, for the newest formula we recommend buying online.

    Authorized Repashy Dealer

    Local pickup of Repashy CGD in Arizona (we also ship nationally)

    International Repashy Superfoods Dealers

    Pangea Reptile ships CGD US, Canada and International orders. Also now has a new proprietary Gecko Diet: Pangea Complete!

    ExoFood, Authorized Repashy Dealer in Europe

    Big Fat Gecko Smoothie from Vicki Casella and also available at Josh’s Frogs

    Clark’s Diet – US & International (excluding Canada)

    Clark’s Diet Canada

    Black Panther Zoological Diet